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Even though the BTR Duke head is a little "cartoonish" I think it represents Duke better than any other head sculpt to date. I thought the BTR sculpt was right on. I just had to remove the BTR forearms and legs, paint it in Duke's classic colors, and add a bandolier.

 

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Head, Torso, Upper Arms - BTR Duke

Lower Arms, Waist, Legs - Grunt

Submachine Gun - BBI

Side Arm - Hasbro

Holster - BBI

Bandolier - BBI parts

 

I never liked the JvC Grunt figure. I always thought it was too plain. Since I used parts of my Grunt to customize Duke, I gave the old Duke's body to Grunt. Now i think he looks more like his namesake.

 

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Head - Grunt

Everything else - JvC Duke v2

Goggles - BBI

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Did you get that Grunt form wave 7 or Battle Blitz? :D

 

Battle Blitz - I was too impatient to wait on Wave 7. I haven't seen Wave 7 in my area yet. Fortunately, Grunt is so plain, you can use him to customize just about anything.

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Nicely done. One question though, how did you crack the BTR torsos? I tried with my Gung Ho but it seems glued and I didn't want to risk breaking it. Also, your custom brings something to my attention that I don't think anyone has mentioned yet: BTR finally got the molded skin tones right. Compare the head of your Duke to the forearms from Grunt and there's a big difference. Kinda makes him look like he has a farmer's tan, but it's still good.

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Great work!Nice work on the Grunt,you're right about him being a plain toy,he's one of the plainest JvC figures and there's nothing really interesting about him,so to see another update is nice.

 

The Duke is excellent,it's a perfect rendition of the classic v1 RAH Duke updated for JvC.Nice use of the BTR Duke head as well!The only thing I can suggest is maybe you should've painted his head or arms to make a matching and even skin tone,it's a minor thing,but to me,overall...it does kind of detract a little from the whole custom.Great work overall!

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I think Chazz would like that Duke.

 

It does portray the original, '84, Duke. Like old times.

 

Awesome work man, like usual.

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Nice customes.

 

My duke was finished tongiht. Man was less work. I kept the green of this duke shirt what i changed was:

I gave him version 1 (jvc) dukes arms. Then I sawed off the lego parts on the lower legs, I then smoothed them and painted the boots black (a real dark black unlike they were)

 

As far as getting into the btr figs, i would recomond that you don't take him completly apart, I did my duke and it left a some damage. I have to glue em back shut becouse i pretty much melted the figure and wedged it open with a finger nail file (wich also left a little mark on his left upper shoulder) and the inside screw hole melted downward.

 

For my Bulletproof (not the same one has rah, this guy just gets the name) I used gung-ho and simple repainted and gave him new arms. A lot easier. They may be bo legged but it isn't all right.

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